The Good Boss

classified 15 S

Please note: This was screened in July 2022

Fernando León de Aranoa
Javier Bardem, Manolo Solo, Almudena Amor
119 mins, Subtitled, 2021, Spain
Primary language

Javier Bardem excels as a manipulative corporate boss of a provincial Spanish company in this ruthlessly funny corporate satire from director Fernando León de Aranoa.

Blanco (Bardem) appears to be a kindly, if bland, owner of a factory producing industrial scales. But behind the genial façade lies a selfish profiteer, currently setting his sights on winning the local Business Excellence award - by any means necessary. Putting out all the stops to get what he wants leads to Blanco making a long-serving employee redundant and taking advantage of his latest intern in the process... a good boss indeed!

Fernando León de Aranoa previously worked with Bardem on the 2002 drama Mondays in the Sun, which the director sees as a 'reverse angle shot' of The Good Boss. Twenty years later, their latest release changes gears dramatically, skillfully balancing humour with a merciless critique of greed and the changes that have taken place in the working world of 2022.